Back to reality

Just for a little while…

My summer vacation is over and I’m going back to work at the school. I’m not complaining, just facing the fact. And it’s fine because I love my job. But it means I might be creating a lot of mandalas, zentangles and other quick art for a little while, until I get used to my schedule again. Then again, you never know when inspiration will strike.

Today being my last official day of vacation, I spent it with family members, shopping and hanging out (also celebrating my brother’s birthday.) I only got to do my art in the evening and ended up with a quick art journal page. When I say quick, I mean that I probably spent less than 30 minutes on it, including looking for a few items. This is the end result:


This is what I used: Americana acrylic paints with a brayer and a dry brush; Hero Arts ink dauber; alphabet stamp from Stampin’ Up (used to be a roller stamp); ink from Stampin’ Up; various washi tapes; American Crafts alphabet stickers; Gold Foil Color Bloom Spray; and my trusty Fude Ball pen.

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Watercolor fun

Today, I decided to play with my watercolor paints. I’ve been inspired by my friend, Ceecee as well as Coco Bee, two wonderful artists from Montreal. If you don’t know them, visit their pages or their YouTube channels here and here.

Watercolor fun

The watercolor set I use is an old one from Pelikan that I bought almost 20 years ago. I also use a few Twinling H2Os as accents. Here, I splattered some Egyptian Gold on the abstract painting and some Mango Freeze on the tree’s foliage. For the abstract, I used more of a wet-on-wet approach where you wet the paper before adding paint. The outer splatters are on dry paper. The tree was an experiment. I like how it turned out but I might try something a bit different next time.

Are you more abstract, whimsical or realist when it comes to painting? Personally, I love creating abstract and whimsical art but I’m not very good at realism. If you have any recommendations for watercolor artists to follow, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Thanks for visiting!

Daily ATC in February


I’m having fun this month revisiting a format I hadn’t worked with in quite some time: the artist trading card (ATC). I used to participate in a lot of swaps and trades for ATCs and, later on, chunky book pages. At one point, it just became too much and I stopped. Now, I create for the joy of it and, if someone wants to trade, I’ll do it when I feel like it. I don’t want it to become an obligation or a burden like it was after a while. I want my art making to be a source of joy and even relaxation.

The techniques used for this first set are: collage, painting, drawing and stamping. If anyone is interested in trading for any of these, please let me know in the comments. 

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>WIP Painting – PEC Peinture


It had been so long since I’d done an actual painting that I was a bit intimidated by the blank canvas. So I started by collaging pieces of paper. I applied some Light Modeling Paste (gel medium) and let it dry for a few hours. Then, a coat of clear gesso, a coat of Glazing Medium with orange acrylic paint and, finally, I sprayed some pink shimmer mist that I let drip down the canvas. I don’t know where this is going from here but I did have fun playing this way.
Il y avait un bout de temps que je n’avais peint alors j’étais un peu intimidée par le canvas nu. Alors j’ai commencé par collager des morceaux de papier. J’ai appliqué un peu de Mortier de Structure Souple (médium gel) que j’ai laissé sécher quelques heures. Puis, une couche de gesso transparent, une couche de  Médium pour Glacis avec de l’acrylique orange et, finalement, j’ai vaporiser du shimmer mist rose que j’ai laissé dégouliner le long du canvas. Je ne sais pas quelle direction je prendrais avec ceci mais j’ai eu du plaisir à jouer de cette façon.

>Found poetry – Poésie trouvée


Inspired by Marianne‘s poetry blocks.
6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Gesso, watercolour, found poetry from a book on Henry the 8th.
Inspiré par les bloques de poésie de Marianne.
16,5cm x 16,5cm
Gesso, aquarelle, poésie trouvée dans un livre sur Henri 8.

>Two new ATCs – Deux nouvelles CAÉs


Last night, because I was tired after my belly dance class, I wanted something quick and simple to do for today’s post. So I made these two ATCs.
 Hier soir, comme j’étais fatiguée après mon cours de baladi, je voulais quelque chose de rapide et simple à faire pour mon article d’aujourd’hui. Alors j’ai fait ces deux CAÉs.
 The frog was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless solvent and a paper stump.
 La grenouille a été coloriée avec des crayons Prismacolor et estompée avec du solvant inodore et un tortillon de papier.
The trees were coloured with watercolour paint.
Les arbres ont été coloriés avec de la peinture aquarelle.
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already.
N’oubliez pas de vous inscrire à mon tirage si ce n’est pas déjà fait.

>To hold – Tenir


Yesterday, I had no idea what I was going to create for today’s post. I only knew I wanted to do mixed media. So I picked up a 5″ x 7″ canvas board and started playing around. Pages from a city map book, a dictionary (the word “tenir” is circled but partially hidden by the lace) and an old book were used. Also, clear gesso, acrylic paint, stencils, homemade glimmer mist, watercolour and twine. And now that I’m looking at it, it’s a good thing those blue splashes at the top weren’t done with white paint, considering the pigeons in the image…
Hier, je n’avais aucune idée de ce que j’allais créer pour mon article d’aujourd’hui. Je savais seulement que je voulais faire du multimédia. Alors j’ai choisi une planche canvas de 12,75cm x 17,75cm et j’ai commencé à m’amuser. Des pages d’un livre de cartes routières urbaines, d’un dictionnaire (le mot “tenir” est encerclé mais partiellement caché par la dentelle) et d’un vieux livre ont été utilisées. Aussi’ du gesso transparent, de la peinture acrylique, des pochoirs, du glimmer mist fait maison, de l’aquarelle et de la ficelle. Et maintenant que je regarde vraiment, c’est une bonne chose que les éclaboussures bleues dans le haut n’ont pas été faites en blanc, considérant les pigeons dans l’image…

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